Carenatal DHA Uses
How Does Carenatal DHA Work?Carenatal DHA prenatal vitamins contain a variety of fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals. These nutrients are essential for a healthy pregnancy, and many pregnant women may not get enough of these nutrients, for various reasons (such as morning sickness). Probably most importantly, Carenatal DHA contains folic acid, an important nutrient that can prevent certain birth defects (such as spina bifida). Carenatal DHA products also contain iron, calcium, and a variety of other vitamins and minerals.
Unlike older prenatal vitamins, Carenatal DHA contains omega-3 fatty acids, including DHA. DHA provides a wide variety of health benefits. There is some evidence that it may decrease the risk of preterm birth (having a baby prematurely), improve brain function, and improve vision. Fish are the main source of DHA, and the typical American diet is usually deficient in DHA. Additionally, because many pregnant women are instructed to limit their intake of certain fish (due to the potential risks of mercury toxicity), it is likely that many pregnant women are not getting enough DHA.
Carenatal DHA Use in Children or the ElderlyCarenatal DHA is usually not recommended for use in children or the elderly. Sometimes, prenatal vitamins are prescribed in place of regular vitamins in order to get them covered by insurance or Medicaid (although many insurance companies and Medicaid programs have caught on to this practice and now restrict coverage of prenatal vitamins only to pregnant women). Many prenatal vitamins contain a dose of iron (and other vitamins or minerals) that is too high for children or the elderly.
Off-Label Carenatal DHA UsesOn occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend Carenatal DHA for something other than the conditions discussed in this article. People often wonder if taking prenatal vitamins may be helpful for hair growth. Although pregnant women often experience fuller, thicker hair that grows faster, this is due to hormones, not to their prenatal vitamins. It is unlikely that prenatal vitamins will help with hair growth (or that they would be any better than a regular multivitamin for this use).
(Click Are Prenatal Vitamins Helpful for Hair Growth? for more information.)